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Conductive-Thread Ribbon Cable and FFC Connectors 



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Conductive-Thread Ribbon 



Cable and FFC Connectors 



Written By: hayeon 



f TOOLS 



Pliers (1) 



O PARTS: 



conductive thread ribbon cable (1) 
can buy from Adafruit / SparkFun 

Flexible Flat Cable (FFC) connectors (2) 
can buy from Digi-Key 



SUMMARY 

Conductive-thread ribbon cable is the perfect material for wiring wearables because it can be 
attached just like normal fabric ribbons; it's flexible, sewable and washable. 

You can easily use conductive-thread ribbon cable by connecting it with FFC connectors. 



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• Prepare the components and tools. 

• Components 

• conductive thread ribbon cable 
(can buy from Adafruit / 
SparkFun ) 

• FFC connectors (0.100" pitch, 
4pins, male or female) (can buy 
from Digi-Key ) 

• Tools 

• pliers 



Step 2 




Nylon 

Conductive 
silver thread 



Conductive thread ribbon cable 







Conductive 
metal pins 



Plastic case 




front side 

FFC connector Imale] 



• Understanding the components. 



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• Cut the conductive thread ribbon 
cable to the length you need. 



Step 4 





• Cut out the corners at the ends of the ribbon cable so that it will fit into an FFC connector. 



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ribbon cable 



FFC connector 



Place one end of the ribbon cable between the metal crimping parts of an FFC connector. 





• Crimp the FFC connector with 
pliers. 



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• Lock the FFC connector by 
pressing side edges of the top 



cover. 



Step 8 




Repeat the same to connect the 
other end of ribbon cable. 



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• Enjoy the conductive thread ribbon 
cable! 

• If no current flows through the 
ribbon cable, check the 
connectivity of the pins and crimp 
again. 



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